Assist. Director: Vegan Aharonian
Vegan Aharonian began studying Shambhala Buddhism in 1996 and has been teaching Shambhala Buddhism since 2007. Originally from Armenia (the former Soviet Union), he came to the United States as a graduate student at Columbia University in 1991. In addition to teaching regularly in New York, he has also taught international Shambhala programs in Russia and Ukraine. Vegan holds a PhD in geophysics and has worked as a software engineer for most of his career. His last engagement was at the United Nations. He is currently serves as co-Director of Karme Choling and leads practice and education for NY Shambhala Center.